DRIVERS who use mobiles as sat-navs need to take care where they place the phone holder.
Safety experts have warned motorists they could risk causing an accident if a device isn’t positioned correctly.
Can I get fined for having a phone holder on my windscreen?
Drivers who scroll through Facebook or play music on their phones face £200 fines and six penalty points from next year under a new government crackdown.
Loopholes in the law are being closed to stop Brits playing with their phones while behind the wheel., with many securing their phones to their windscreens for easier access.
Ministers are bringing in changes to make it illegal for motorists to even touch their phones or devices except in an emergency.
Those who flout it by scrolling, taking selfies or playing games while driving face fines and six points on the licence under the beefed up rules.
Hands-free calling and using a phone for sat-nav will still be allowed.
And there will be a McDonalds’ exception – meaning hungry Brits will still be able to use their phone to pay for takeaways at drive-thrus and road tolls.
Brits have been able to dodge hefty fines since a High Court ruling in 2019 which said drivers only commit an offence if they use it for “interactive communication” such as making a call or testing.
Where should my windscreen phone holder be?
There are no specific rules for where sat-navs or phones should be placed, but position of a phone being used as a sat-nav could see drivers fall foul of the Highway Code.
Technically, phone holders and sat-nav holders that fix onto windscreen are a breach of the code.
The code says “windscreens and windows MUST be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision”.
A phone holder stuck onto a windscreen could be seen as obstructing a driver’s vision in any court case.
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And the Road Traffic Act says “no person shall drive a motor vehicle on a road if he is in such a position that he cannot … have a full view of the road and traffic ahead.”
Road safety officer Neil Worth has said the safest place for a holder is “in the bottom right-hand corner of your windscreen.”
A spokesman for the AA said a sat-nav “should be programmed with the route before you set off.
Can I get fined for having my sat-nav on my windscreen?
It’s not technically illegal to mount a sat-nav in the middle of a windscreen, but obstructing you view could see you hit with a £100 on-the-spot fine.
Drivers could also be slapped with six penalty points on their licence.
Anyone who unsuccessfully challenges the decision in court could be fined £1,000.
If the position of a sat nav blocks a driver’s view and causes an accident that driveris more likely to be blamed.
It could also have an impact on a driver’s insurance claims.
And motorists who use a sat-nav or phone that’s isn’t on the dashboard or windscreen could be fined £200 and hit with up to six penalty points.